ATCEMS hosts ‘send off’ for nation’s first standalone EMS station before remodeling

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The nation’s first standalone EMS station is about to get a major remodel, and it’s right here in Austin.

Austin-Travis County EMS Station 1 opened on April 15, 1982 at a cost of $345,000, paid for by a bond package approved by voters in 1979.

Since then, the station has housed multiple response vehicles, including ambulances, district command units, special operations units and rescue boats, and has been a “home away from home” for thousands of medics, according to ATCEMS.

  • Austin-Travis County EMS Station 1 is set to be remodeled. It was the nation's first standalone EMS station. ATCEMS hosted a "send-off" for the old building Nov. 12, 2021. (KXAN Photo/Chris Nelson)
  • Austin-Travis County EMS Station 1 is set to be remodeled. It was the nation's first standalone EMS station. ATCEMS hosted a "send-off" for the old building Nov. 12, 2021. (KXAN Photo/Chris Nelson)
  • Austin-Travis County EMS Station 1 is set to be remodeled. It was the nation's first standalone EMS station. ATCEMS hosted a "send-off" for the old building Nov. 12, 2021. (KXAN Photo/Chris Nelson)
  • Austin-Travis County EMS Station 1 is set to be remodeled. It was the nation's first standalone EMS station. ATCEMS hosted a "send-off" for the old building Nov. 12, 2021. (KXAN Photo/Chris Nelson)
  • Austin-Travis County EMS Station 1 is set to be remodeled. It was the nation's first standalone EMS station. ATCEMS hosted a "send-off" for the old building Nov. 12, 2021. (KXAN Photo/Chris Nelson)

Construction of the “new and improved Station 1” was approved by voters as part of a bond package in 2018, which also included remodels of four other ATCEMS stations.

The agency hosted an official “send off” for the station Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3616 S. 1st St.

Current and former medics were invited to share stories about their time at the station.

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